Um, Rich? Is it time to panic yet? Asking for a country. Politico:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be on the bench to hear oral arguments Monday, missing arguments in person for the first time in more than 25 years she has served on the court. Ginsburg underwent surgery to remove two malignant nodules from her left lung that were detected after she had a fall that fractured three ribs late last year, the court announced in December.

Early in Obama's second term some people suggested that the then-80-year-old Ginsburg, already a two-time cancer survivor, should retire. I don't recall if anyone suggested at the time that the then-75-and-now-80-year-old Stephen Breyer should also retire. They would've needed to retire early during Obama's second term, as we would later learn, to ensure that a Democratic president would name their successors. People were worried about off, off, off, offedy off chance that Obama might not be followed in office by another Democratic president and there was an off, off, off, offedy chance that Ginsburg might not be immortal.

Other people told other people not to tell Ginsburg what to do. And other people tried to warn us about the stakes and they were told to stop fear-mongering...


And Donald Trump, classy as ever, already has appointed two and is hoping to get four...

But Trump reportedly thinks he can get an additional two justices in.

In October, the news website Axios cited an anonymous source detailing private predictions by Trump that Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would retire during his term.

"What does she weigh? 60 pounds?" Trump asked of the now-85-year-old Ginsburg, a source told Axios. The same report indicated Trump said Sotomayor, over 20 years younger than Ginsburg, was also in trouble because of "her health."

"No good. Diabetes," Trump reportedly said.